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Marvel Fanfare #47: Review

Nov 1989
Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden

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5 stars

Marvel Fanfare #47 Review by (August 16, 2023)

Review: Highly entertaining epic pitting Spidey and Hulk against one another with an entire neighborhood at stake. And the real bad guy is an officious SHIELD officer with a taste for authority and little else. Even J. Jonah Jameson, showing compassion for the poor and downtrodden, is one of the good guys here. The issue’s biggest irony is its timing: just as Bruce Banner finally gains control over the Hulk in his own title, here comes a tale that turns Hulk into a mindless monster once more; well, at least it makes sense….

Comments: Bruce Banner gained control over the Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULK #272. Only appearance of Quartermaster Waldo. The letters page includes one by Michael McNaughton, future CEO of MLM Comics, and one by Charles S. Novinskie, future writer for Topps Comics.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Fanfare #47 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

J. Jonah Jameson is touring a depressed area of South Bronx with Councilman Wade who advocates demolishing the area and building a new neighborhood; Jameson is concerned about the locals who would be displaced. Peter Parker is along to take photos despite being seriously ill with a cold….

Bruce Banner is in space with Nick Fury, aboard a SHIELD craft. An agency satellite needs repair but is bathed in gamma radiation. The only one who can repair it is the Hulk now that Banner’s mind is in control. As Hulk is working on the device, an alien slime enters his suit, leaving Fury to call for help….

Aboard the Helicarrier, Hulk is studied by scientists, who know that the alien bio-plasm is trying to attach itself to Hulk’s nervous system. Hulk awakens, goes insane, and crashes out of the sickbay, knocking Nick Fury out cold in his rampage. Quartermaster Waldo claims the command with Fury out so, on his orders, Hulk is trapped in an airlock and ejected from the carrier. Hulk crashes to the ground in the South Bronx neighborhood, scaring off a bunch of punks who were trying to rob Peter Parker. Pete changes into Spider-Man and discovers the Hulk…

Quartermaster Waldo is surprised to learn the Hulk survived the fall which brings him a rebuke from Contessa Valentina de la Fontaine, questioning his fitness for temporary command. Waldo reasserts his authority and dispatches a trio of destruct-drones to deal with Hulk….

Spidey is dismayed to learn that Banner is not in control and the old rampaging Hulk is back. Spidey’s reflexes are slowed because of the cold and he is having a great deal of trouble facing Hulk. Then the destruct-drones strike…

…while Waldo defends his use of them, insisting the drones are programmed to contain Hulk without causing damage to the surroundings…

…while Spidey is rescuing people from the havoc and hustling them to safety. Hulk’s battle against one of the drones destroys a large swath of the neighborhood. Hulk crashes out against the remaining two drones and Spidey spies a mother with a small child on an upper floor of the wreck. He manages to take hold of them as that section of the building is blown up…

…shocking Waldo who only now learns the drones had never been tested in combat….

As the second drone falls to the Hulk’s fury, the third one opens fire regardless of Spidey and the two innocents in his way. He manages to hide in a stairwell where he finds a terrified wino. Spidey webs up the stairwell to provide protection for his three charges….

Waldo discovers that the drones have changed their own programming to terminate Hulk….

Hulk, sounding like Bruce Banner again, and seriously ill, collapses near Spidey. Pete spots the alien organism on the back of Hulk’s neck and realizes it is dying. Nick Fury and the Contessa arrive….

A rescue/disaster control operation is put into place. Peter Parker reports to Jameson that the alien organism was killed by the cold Spidey had inadvertently infected it with. He also reveals that the incompetent junior officer in command is in trouble and that Councilman Wade got his wish, the neighborhood was razed but he will not be reelected. Peter goes home to recover from his cold….

Michael Golden
Michael Golden
Michael Golden
Michael Golden (Cover Penciler)
Michael Golden (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jim Novak.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)

(Bruce Banner)
J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)

(Peter Parker)

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